29th July 2016

Lord's Seat, Broom Fell and Graystones

Time 2 to 4:30pm
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 5.8 mile
Ascent 1600 ft is close enough
Walking with On my own
Darling How - Aiken Plantation - Lord's Seat - Broom Fell - Widdaw Hause - Graystones - Scawgill Bridge - Darling How
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre -
Parking spaces near Darling How Farm, Whinlatter Pass

With room for about a dozen or so cars, this spot proves handy for numerous different ascents of the group of fells usually referred to as the Lord's Seat fells. And despite them being grouped together under the name of a single fell, there is actually a nice selection of fells to choose from; including Whinlatter and Greystones.

Parking is free and this is a place I've always managed to get a space, regardless of the time of day or year.

Route Map


Well, this isn't where I'd intended to walk this afternoon at all. I'd left home with the idea of walking across the Ullock Pike ridge and then from Carl Side walking down to Dodd Wood. But, , , , on the way there those fells were all topped with cloud so with only the slightest of de-tours I drove through Cockermouth to Lorton and before I had time to say "it's nice and warm here", I was parked up near Darling How farm.
A good move as it turned out because most of the walk was done in warm sunshine. Yes, a very enjoyable area to walk.


In the shade at the top of Lord's Seat but here's the view anyway. Ullock Pike is clear now but there's nowt I can do about it.

Looking ahead to Broom Fell. Scotland can be seen in the far distance on't opposite side of the Solway Firth.


It's a bit wet under foot in places between Lord's Seat and Broom Fell.

Broom Fell summit.

Looking back to Broom Fell.

I'm at Widow Hause now and looking across to Ling Fell and Sale Fell.
Despite appearances, the ground down there isn't as flat as it may look. I've walked across there numerous times and each time I'm amazed at how un-level it is.

At the top of Graystones and looking back across to Broom Fell and Lord's Seat.

This is somewhere you don't want to trip up. The views are best admired while standing still, those that have walked here will know why.

Yep, it's a steep descent this one.

Much to the relief of my legs I'm almost at Scawgill Bridge. Because of the bracken, nettles, thistles, insects, and various other obstacles, I decide it's much easier to walk the final few hundred yards along the road instead of taking the footpath up to the car.



David Hall -
Lake District Walks